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Goodyera pubescens (Jewel orchid, Downy rattlesnake plantain)

Goodyera pubescens Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Goodyera pubescens Common Name: Jewel orchid, Downy rattlesnake plantain Genus: Goodyera
This native terrestrial orchid produces basal rosettes of striking silvery-veined evergreen foliage. Small white flowers are borne on single slender stems about 6 to 10 inches tall in late summer.
Care: This easy-to-grow, hardy orchid requires shade and rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Mulch with composted hardwood bark or conifer needles.
Propagation: Divide rhizomes in spring once the plant is established.
Problems: Aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Spreads
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Native; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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